The John Rittenhouse Team

The John Rittenhouse Team The John Rittenhouse Team is a distinguished leader in the real estate community. Serving Buyers, Sellers, Investment, Distressed Properties, Relocation and Luxury Real Estate in the Lehigh Valley, Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

Landscape Your Own Shady Areas with Lily of the Valley and These 7 Perennials » Residence Style http://www.sm.cc/sf/lcV...
06/05/2019
Landscape Your Own Shady Areas with Lily of the Valley and These 7 Perennials » Residence Style

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Imagine enjoying a warm summer afternoon under the shade of trees on a hammock, sipping away on freshly extracted fruit juice while immersing yourself in a compelling book—what a scene. You can maximize your garden and boost its aesthetic by ensuring that each space is thoughtfully designed with a...

Here are a few key real estate terms to familiarize yourself with! Knowledge is power!#thejohnrittenhouseteam
05/30/2019

Here are a few key real estate terms to familiarize yourself with! Knowledge is power!
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Down Payment – How Much Do You Need?Gone are the days when anyone could buy a home with just a promise and signature. ...
05/29/2019

Down Payment – How Much Do You Need?

Gone are the days when anyone could buy a home with just a promise and signature. No
documentation loans allowed virtually anyone to buy a house with no money down with just a
simple credit check. After the mortgage meltdown, this all changed. Lenders tightened
guidelines and down payments were back.

But how much do you actually need? Must you always find 20% down? The answer might
surprise you; there are many ways to buy a home with less than 20% down payment.

* 0% Down – There are still two loan programs which allow one to buy a home for no
down payment; the VA loan and the USDA loan. The VA loan requires the borrower to
be a qualified service person or veteran and the USDA loan is for certain areas under the
Department of Agriculture.

*5% Down – Conventional loans with loan limits can allow one to buy a home with as
little as 5% down. These loans do have PMI (Private mortgage insurance) which can be
eliminated when the loan amount falls below the 20% threshold.

*3 ½ % Down – FHA offers first time home buyers a good home loan for only 3.5% down
payment. Again these loans have loan limits and PMI but offer a faster entry into the
housing market.

Buying a home doesn’t always mean 20% loan. If you’re considering buying a new home, talk
to your lender about your options.
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Consider Financing Options to Avoid Sinking Into Heavy Debts Post Home Renovation » Residence Style http://www.sm.cc/sf...
05/22/2019
Consider Financing Options to Avoid Sinking Into Heavy Debts Post Home Renovation » Residence Style

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Springtime is that part of the year when you welcome back backyard bumblebees and baseball and it is time for homeowners to execute their home renovation plans that they have been making since the winter months. It is certainly no secret that home décor or renovation could be really an expensive pr...

How to Choose the Right Sized Light Fixture for Your SpaceLighting is one of the most important design elements in any r...
05/22/2019

How to Choose the Right Sized Light Fixture for Your Space

Lighting is one of the most important design elements in any room. Not only should it provide
adequate brightness for the room, but it must fit the space and visual atmosphere. The right
sized fixture is just as important as the look and construction of the light. Fortunately, even an
amateur can choose the perfect fixture with some basic math.

Front Door

Outdoor fixtures are one part of creating the mood for the entire home. Not only should they
provide proper lighting but must fit the scale of the door itself. To find the right sized light for
the front entrance, it should be no more than one third of the size of the door or opening for a
single light and not more than a quarter of the size for dual lights.

Chandelier

Dining rooms call out for a chandelier. Whether modern and sleek or an elegant crystal
chandelier, the size is the same. Take the size of the room and add the feet together. For
example, if the room is 10’ by 12’ the chandelier’s width should be 22”. Additionally, make
sure the width is about 15” shorter than the dining room table.

For other rooms, the size is really more a matter of taste. The light should not create a visual
barrier to the room or block design elements, but other than that, choose a light with provides
good light and fits the style of the space.
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Great Open Today! Don't miss out. 11-1 2009 W. Highland St. Allentown
05/19/2019

Great Open Today! Don't miss out. 11-1

2009 W. Highland St. Allentown

Owners are sad to leave this beauty! This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath West End home has been loved and cared for. This home features neutral decor throughout, Hardwood floors, Wood Burning Fireplace, and Lovely side porch. There is a Large Living Room and Family Room, and Spacious Kitchen with granite countertops. The large master suite features a walk in closet, full updated bathroom. Cedar Closet and lots of storage plus 2 additional large bedrooms complete the 2nd floor. Quaint backyard, off street parking pad and oversized garage. Close to West End Youth Center, JCC, 19th St District, Farmers' Market, LVH-17th. Priced @235K

Owners are sad to leave this beauty! This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath West End home has been loved and cared for. This home feat...
05/19/2019

Owners are sad to leave this beauty! This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath West End home has been loved and cared for. This home features neutral decor throughout, Hardwood floors, Wood Burning Fireplace, and Lovely side porch. There is a Large Living Room and Family Room, and Spacious Kitchen with granite countertops. The large master suite features a walk in closet, full updated bathroom. Cedar Closet and lots of storage plus 2 additional large bedrooms complete the 2nd floor. Quaint backyard, off street parking pad and oversized garage. Close to West End Youth Center, JCC, 19th St District, Farmers' Market, LVH-17th. Priced @235K

Any leander or agent will tell you these 5 tips (there are many more) of what NOT to do when you are in the process of c...
05/16/2019

Any leander or agent will tell you these 5 tips (there are many more) of what NOT to do when you are in the process of closing on a home. #thejohnrittenhouseteam

8 Things Buyers Notice as Soon as they Walk InBuyers notice everything – good and bad. From the moment they walk in th...
05/15/2019

8 Things Buyers Notice as Soon as they Walk In

Buyers notice everything – good and bad. From the moment they walk in the front door, they
are trying to determine if this is the right home for them and their family. If you have your
home listed for sale, paying attention to what the buyers notice can mean the difference
between an offer and a missed opportunity.

8 Things Buyers Notice as Soon as they Walk In:

1. Light – A bright home is inviting. Make sure you fill your home with lots of natural light
or a soft evening glow.

2. Smell – Nothing is less inviting than a strong odor. Even candles and air fresheners can
be overwhelming. Less is more and make sure nothing unpleasant is lingering.

3. Space – Remove any unneeded furniture and offer a spacious home which flows.

4. Ceilings – Of course you can’t make your ceilings higher, but make sure they are free
from water stains because buyers will look up.

5. Pictures and Personal Items – Remove personalization as much as possible so the
buyers can imagine their family in the home.

6. Outdated Furnishings and Fixtures – If your home is filled with hand-me-downs,
consider a professional stager. Old wall paper or outdated paint colors should be
replaced as well.

7. Dirty, Grimy Rooms – Most important, clean everything thoroughly. Nothing is less
appealing than a dirty home.

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05/09/2019
The John Rittenhouse Team

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The John Rittenhouse Team is a distinguished leader in the real estate community. Serving Buyers, Sellers, Investment, Distressed Properties, Relocation and Luxury Real Estate in the Lehigh Valley, Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

Top 7 Tips for Hiring a ContractorRegardless of whether your project is a simple bathroom remodel or a complete houseren...
05/08/2019

Top 7 Tips for Hiring a Contractor

Regardless of whether your project is a simple bathroom remodel or a complete house
renovation, the success or failure of the project will depend on the contractor you hire.

Choosing the right contractor is easier than you think, but you have to do your due diligence.

• Check their License – Make sure you check their contractor’s license and that it’s in
good standing. Ask and check those of the subcontractors as well.

• Insurance – Ask for proof of insurance and check that it’s still active and valid.

• Check References – Ask for references and call them. Ask to go see a project or two and
ask strong questions about timing, quality, responsiveness and cost.

• Get it In Writing – Finalize the scope of work before you start anything, in writing. A
proper contract should be on letterhead and include clear timelines and benchmarks, as
well as payment schedules and how completion will be signed off.

• Do not Pay for Materials – If you absolutely have to pay for materials, have them
delivered to your property and verify the receipt to show they were delivered in full.

• Only Pay the Contractor – Under no circumstances should you make a payment to
anyone other than the contractor itself. Do not pay a person, only the company.

• Final Payment only When Satisfied – Do not make the final payment until you’re
completely satisfied with the result.

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The Internet Can’t Replace Your AgentWe live in the information age; the Internet offers advice on every topic and rea...
05/02/2019

The Internet Can’t Replace Your Agent

We live in the information age; the Internet offers advice on every topic and real estate is no
exception. With more and more home buyers starting their home search online, they are
bombarded with advice and information – it can be easy to think that you can learn everything
you need to know just by reading articles online.

The truth is your real estate agent does much more than answer your questions and open
doors with a special key. A professional real estate agent will be there every step of the way.

They have the experience necessary to navigate the complicated home buying process and
solve common hiccups that present themselves in every real estate transactions.

Your real estate agent is a local professional. They will start by presenting themselves to the
buyer’s agent as someone who will work with them to see the transaction through to a
successful conclusion. They have a network of professionals who will work as a team to help
you through the process. These include such professionals as: lenders, title reps, escrow
officers, transaction coordinators, home inspectors, contractors and handymen, among
others.

Most importantly, your agent is your ally in the home buying process. They negotiate on your
behalf – armed with experience and understanding of customary charges, costs and terms.

They will ensure that the price you pay for the home is fair for the condition and
neighborhood. They will negotiate repairs, if needed and make sure you are protected with
the proper contingencies.

The Internet offers lots of great information, but the most important step you can take when
buying a new home, is hiring a local professional real estate agent. Their knowledge and
expertise can’t be found by reading an article or two online.
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EXP Realty loves the LEHIGH VALLEY! If you are new to the area, looking to relocate here or are a long time resident, yo...
04/30/2019
Easton Public Market

EXP Realty loves the LEHIGH VALLEY! If you are new to the area, looking to relocate here or are a long time resident, you know that Easton has a great food scene! Check out the EASTON PUBLIC MARKET! There is something for everyone! #TheJohnRittenhouseTeam #LiveLoveLehighValley #Easton #EastonFoodScene #EastonPublicMarket #Foodies

Shop, Cook, Dine, Imbibe… Butchery, fresh seafood, bakery, artisan cheese, café, chocolatier, local & sustainably grown produce, specialty foods, noodle bar, craft beer, wine, wood-fired pizza, crepes & BBQ. Plus demo kitchen, culinary events and classes!

When it comes to a fireplace, do you like a traditional brick one or one that is more clean and modern?#TheJohnRittenhou...
04/29/2019

When it comes to a fireplace, do you like a traditional brick one or one that is more clean and modern?
#TheJohnRittenhouseTeam #FirePlace #BrickFireplace #ModernFireplace #PaintedBrick

Happy Saturday! What’s on your wish list? 🏠🏠🏠 #HouseMan #DreamHomeFound #eXpChangingLives #JoinTheMovement #L...
04/27/2019

Happy Saturday! What’s on your wish list? 🏠🏠🏠 #HouseMan #DreamHomeFound #eXpChangingLives #JoinTheMovement #LiveLoveLehighValley #RealtorLife

Ever wonder what size rug you should purchase for your room?  Make sure to follow this simple tip!#TheJohnRIttenhouseTea...
04/26/2019

Ever wonder what size rug you should purchase for your room? Make sure to follow this simple tip!
#TheJohnRIttenhouseTeam #RugSize #FocalPoint #SizeMatters

The John Rittenhouse Team  presents this Open House 🏚️SATURDAY, APRIL 27th from 11am-1pm @ 36 Eisenhower Circle, Wh...
04/25/2019

The John Rittenhouse Team presents this Open House 🏚️SATURDAY, APRIL 27th from 11am-1pm @ 36 Eisenhower Circle, Whitehall PA 18052. Priced at $155,000. 3 Beds, 1.5 bath. Come Join Us! #HouseMan #DreamHomeFound #eXpChangingLives #JoinTheMovement #LiveLoveLehighValley #RealtorLife #EndUnit #FencedInYard #FirstFlooorLaundry #WhithallRealEstate #NewHeatingSystem #CentralAir

Key Differences of VA Loans vs Conventional LoansOur service personnel and veterans give so much to our country. While t...
04/24/2019

Key Differences of VA Loans vs Conventional Loans

Our service personnel and veterans give so much to our country. While they
sacrifice much, there are a few special benefits that only these service men and
women can take advantage of; one of the best benefits is the VA Loan.
The VA Loan differs from a Conventional Loan in a number of ways. While both
provide great interest rates for borrowers and are both backed by US
Government guarantee programs, this is where the similarities end.

Key Differences/Advantages of the VA Loan:

• 0% Down Options – VA Loans offer the option of a 0% down payment vs
conventional loans which need 10-20% minimum down payment.

• No Private Mortgage Insurance Required.

• More Lenient Credit Qualifications – FICO scores are used for both
conventional and VA Loans, but VA Loans consider a lower threshold for
loans while still offering favorable interest rates.

• Can Be Used More Than Once – VA Loan borrowers can regain their
eligibility for a VA Loan without giving up their first loan. In other words, if a
service member wishes/needs to rent out their current home to move, they
can regain their eligibility and use the VA Loan Programs again.

VA Loans is a great benefit for our service men and women who give so much to
their country.
#TheJohnRittenhouseTeam #Veterans #Heroes #VALoans #AffordableHousing

Can you smell the fresh Spring air?? Finally! It's time to open those windows and start cleaning! #The JohnRittenhouseTe...
04/22/2019

Can you smell the fresh Spring air?? Finally! It's time to open those windows and start cleaning! #The JohnRittenhouseTeam #SpringCleaning #FreshAir #DustBunniesGoAway

04/19/2019

From all of us at @TheJohnRittenhouseTeam we wanted to wish all of our Clients, Family and Friends a very blessed Good Friday and a very Happy and Healthy Easter!
We are so very grateful for each and every one of you! 🏠🐰🌸🌷 #TheJohnRittenhouseTeam #eXpproud #FromourHOUSEToYours #HappyEaster #Spring #Blessed

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